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Selected MP3s of guitar instrumentals, jazz, big band, and classic easy listening from the original vinyl.

Welcome to Guitars & All That Jazz

Welcome to Guitars & All That Jazz

Guitars & All That Jazz was a radio station that webcast via Live365 for 11 years, ending in June 2011. The playlist consisted of guitar instrumentals, jazz, big band, early rock 'n' roll, lounge music and classic easy listening.

I hope to share some of this music with you via this blog. Most of it will be taken from the original vinyl (LPs and 45s) , cassettes and the occasional commercially unavailable CD.

Here's hoping you'll find something to enjoy. Please note files are available only for a limited time.

I urge you to purchase the digital version of the albums featured, either on CD or via download, wherever possible.

Listen to the Music
There are now two music streams. Click the appropriate player to the right.
1. Guitars & All That Jazz: Five hours of the best in jazz, guitars and other instrumental gems. New songs are added weekly.
2. Tiki Shores: Music to sweep you away to a tropical isle, a South American dance floor or a bossa nova on the beach at Rio. About 4.5 hours of classic exotica music, Latin rhythms and bossa nova.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Nashville String Band - Identified!

By the time this 1971 album found its way into record stores, almost everyone (well, at least anyone who had any interest in guitar instrumentals) knew who the principals in the Nashville String Band were. And on the back of this LP sleeve, they were unmasked for all to see -- Chet Atkins (guitar), Henry (Homer) Haynes (guitar) and Kenneth (Jethro) Burns (mandolin).

The latter two were better known for their country comedy recordings under the moniker Homer and Jethro. But both were fine musicians and Atkins would have been well aware of that as he was the producer of their Homer and Jethro sessions.

The Nashville String Band released half a dozen instrumental albums on RCA Victor between 1969 and 1972, of which Identified! was the penultimate. From it comes White Silver Sands. The MP is taken from vinyl.

White Silver Sands

Almost everything that Chet Atkins recorded seems to be available (or has been available) on CD or as a download. Everything that is except recordings by the Nashville String Band. I've no idea why.

Used copies of their LPs turn up fairly often on the auction sites, but no one except Atkins fanatics will be willing to pay the prices being asked.

There are several YouTube selections from the Nashville String Band posted by someone in Eastern Europe, but the audio quality is abysmal and I've elected not to include a sample here.

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